Five Super Foods For Beautiful-Looking Skin
You might spend lots of time paying attention to what you apply to your skin externally, but did you know that a healthy, clear complexion actually starts from the inside? These are a few superfoods packed with wonderful properties to literally help you eat your way to the look of beautiful, healthy, glowing and youthful skin.
Tomatoes are very high in lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, a group of pigments that give fruits and vegetables their red, orange, and yellow colors. Twice the strength of beta carotene, lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps defend against free radicals such as those caused by UVA and UVB rays.1
It has been suggested that lycopene, such as that found in tomatoes, may help calm skin and improve the appearance of skin texture, making it appear more youthful-looking.2,7
High in essential fatty acids and a source of antioxidants, flaxseeds help improve the moisture holding capacity of skin, which is useful for undernourished, dry skin with a lack of luster.3,4 By locking in moisture, flaxseeds help keep skin soft and hydrated, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Yes you read it correctly! The only catch is that it must have at least 70% cocoa and you don’t eat too much. In this case, less is more and a little goes a long way.
Dark chocolate is filled with flavanols, strong antioxidants that can help neutralize oxidative stress.5
The cocoa in dark chocolate increases blood flow to the skin, contributing to increased skin hydration and the overall maintenance of skin health.5
The skin of red grapes is rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant and natural polyphenol that helps defend against free radicals and may help with the signs of photoaging.6,7
And guess what? Dark chocolate also makes the list for a delicious source of resveratrol.8 The good news doesn’t stop here! You can even have your dark chocolate with nuts for an extra bonus dose of resveratrol.6
Another fruit with great antioxidant properties is the pomegranate. They are an excellent source of flavanoids, potassium, vitamin C, and other important nutrients.
The juice, seed, and peel of this fruit have been reported to contain strong antioxidant activity, which helps defend the skin against free radicals and may help with the appearance of photoaging. Its antioxidant properties may also help calm skin.9
Next time you shop, be sure to add these foods to your cart. They may not only help benefit your skin, but your health too. They may make you feel wonderful and give you a boost of energy so you are ready to take on your day.* It will be an added bonus when people stop you to ask you what secret skin product you are using to give you that beautiful-looking glow!
*Results of your diet may vary and this is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for any medical, nutritional, or health-related questions or concerns.
1. Goodman, H. Lycopene-rich tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk. Harvard Health Blog. 2012 Oct. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/lycopene-rich-tomatoes-linked-to-lower-stroke-risk-201210105400
2. Evans, JA and Johnson, EJ. The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Nutrients. 2010 Aug; 2(8): 903–928. Published online 2010 Aug 24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257702/
3. Goyal A, et al. Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. J Food Sci Technol. 2014 Sep; 51(9): 1633–1653. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4152533/
4. Neukam K, et aa. Supplementation of flaxseed oil diminishes skin sensitivity and improves skin barrier function and condition. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2011;24(2):67-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21088453/
5. Scapagnini G, et al. Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health. Nutrients. 2014 Aug; 6(8): 3202–3213. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4145303/
6. Bastianetto S, et al. Protective Action of Resveratrol in Human Skin: Possible Involvement of Specific Receptor Binding Sites. PLoS One. 2010; 5(9): e12935. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944869/
7. Goswami PK, et al. Natural Sunscreen Agents: A Review. Sch. Acad. J. Pharm., 2013; 2(6):458-463.
8. Hurst JW, et al. Survey of the trans-Resveratrol and trans-Piceid Content of Cocoa-Containing and Chocolate Products. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2008, 56, 8374–8378.
9. Zaid MA, et al. Inhibition of UVB-mediated oxidative stress and markers of photoaging in immortalized HaCaT keratinocytes by pomegranate polyphenol extract POMx. Photochem Photobiol. 2007 Jul-Aug;83(4):882-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17645659/
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